There’s a Fine Line Between Productivity Monitoring and Oppressive Surveillance, and Other News

Around 15 percent to 20 percent of the 250 people working at the Epicenter co-working space in Stockholm where Sjoblad is "Chief Disruption Officer" have opted into the program, which eliminates the need for key-fobs or electronic entry cards.
Here, an employee at Epicenter, a coworking space in Stockholm, is implanted with a near-field communication chip that will serve as his new “key fob” for entering the building. Photo by Hannes Sjoblad, via Bloomberg Business.
  • Wearable technology is creeping into the workplace: “The promise of data-driven efficiency can be alluring to the board room,” reports Bloomberg Business, “but it comes at a cost: the employee’s right to privacy.”
  • John Boiler, the co-founder and CEO of LA-based ad agency 72andSunny, tells PSFK how they designed their new office for optimism instead of fear: “We didn’t just design for optimism to make a point about traditional office cultures, we did it for the return on investment. When your business relies on the creative potential of your employees — a stance we’d argue all companies rely on to a varying degree — investing in a physical space that promotes optimism will also reap rewards in ROI.”
  • Entrepreneur wants to know: Would you let employees come in late if they spent the morning exercising? According to BBC News, “The governor of Edirne, a province in western Turkey, is allowing government workers to start their shifts an hour later than normal if they are exercising.”
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